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On the 7th Day of Christmas…

7thOn the 7th Day of Christmas…

UWS CES brings to you…

SEVEN ways to improve your CV

A degree on its own is not enough to impress employers! They are looking for well-rounded candidates with a set of transferable skills such as planning, organising, customer care, teamwork and communication.

You have many opportunities to pick up new skills and experience throughout your time at university that will be of value to your future, though:

  • Work placements & internships
  • Gap year
  • Summer jobs or part-time work
  • Voluntary work
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Academic achievements & coursework
  • Online or continuous learning (after graduation)

Read more…


On the 6th Day of Christmas…

6thOn the 6th Day of Christmas…

UWS CES brings to you…

SIX Ted Talks

Winston Churchill said: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” 

Job seeking can be stressful and difficult and thinking positively about the process can certainly be helpful and empower you to be successful in your search. By taking Churchill’s advice and seeing this time as an optimist, filled with opportunity, you can better present yourself to potential employers and increase your chances of landing a great job!

This collection of 6 Ted Talks will not only shed light on positive thinking and happiness but may also help you tap into your own brighter side:

staying motivated job search

On the 1st Day of Christmas…

1stOn the 1st Day of Christmas…

UWS CES brings to you…

ONE Skills Reflection Tool

Employers have identified the key qualities they look for in individuals when recruiting. Use this Skills Audit to consider which skills you have experience in and those you still need to develop. Then use the Action Plan to set goals for developing these skills.

If you need ideas check out our Moodle site or make an appointment with a careers adviser.

Happy International Students Day

internatTo celebrate International Students Day, we asked for a guest blog from one of our International Students, to tell our readers about their experience of studying and working at UWS…

I have been a full-time Mechanical Engineering student at UWS since last four years and as a non-European international student, I have enjoyed every day of it. I have lived in the University’s accommodation and the staff and faculty couldn’t have been more helpful from the very first day. It also helped me enhance some of my skills like being able to do tasks at my own initiative, have met and socialised with people with almost all corners of the world and have learnt about different cultures and countries.

I am also a part of the amazing Student Ambassador team of the University. The job provides me opportunity to develop my communication skills and a chance to help others every day. Also, since I’m passionate about UWS, it allows me to do something beneficial for the University and fits perfectly around classes.

This year as an undergraduate student, I have got a chance to do a fairly costly research project which is funded by The Royal Society of London under the supervision of University’s very experienced Lecturers. We have done a lot of practical work at UWS and I can see myself applying the knowledge from them in my near future.

Hence, I am very proud that I chose University of the West of Scotland a place for my higher Education.

Ramender Kwatra


Make the most of your time at university

It’s extremely important to make the most of your time at university, not just because you will want to leave with a good degree, but because when you graduate and are looking for a job, employers will be looking for well-rounded candidates with a set of transferable skills, such as:

  • communication
  • team work
  • absorbing and analysing information
  • organisation, planning and time management
  • working under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • problem solving

So, while it’s important to do as well as you can academically, being at university isn’t just about getting a degree. Employers are also interested in the variety of skills you can pick up in other areas, such as:

  • taking part in student activities
  • getting involved in clubs or societies, the student association, or becoming a class rep
  • work experience
  • volunteering

Make sure you get involved in as much as you can and remember that in these competitive times it is vital to get some work experience during your time at university, related or unrelated to your course, through paid work or volunteering.

Register with our Vacancies and Events site here:

Find out about getting involved with the Student Association here:

For more information and ideas, check out the National Union of Students Guide: Working Towards Your Future

Degree Sponsorship – City Building

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If you are studying for a Higher Education Qualification at undergraduate level and you have a visual impairment we may have opportunities available for you.

City Building is a highly successful and evolving business which has a proven track record of strategic delivery within the commercial marketplace.

At City Building we understand the importance of giving you an insight into our exciting industry to help you understand how to put what you’re learning into practice. As well as taking part in paid summer placements, we will also pay £500 at the start of each academic year towards your expenses. During your placement you will work with experienced teams, giving you the chance to test your skills and get a taste of what it’s like to be part of a successful commercial business.

If you’re studying for a Higher Education Qualification in 2014, and are studying for a degree that supports our core business please send your CV to by Friday 20th June

Degrees will be considered include: Business, Finance, Management, Design, Engineering, Product Design, Construction, Manufacturing, Production, Surveying, Logistics, Marketing and HR – other areas may be considered subject to demand

For further information please email or call Audrey McJimpsey on 0141 287 0811



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